After a long 18 months of planning dates, routes, bikes, food and ourselves.
Hayden and I finally locked in Friday the 13th of February as our date to ride from Launceston to Hobart which is around 200km. We had a third person joins us in Rob Lewandowski who is actually attempting a Guinness World Record for the fastest person o cycle around Australia in just a few weeks. So this was perfect training for him.
The weather was perfect with a northerly wind pushing us along for the majority of the journey and the sun shining.
We left at 6am from Prospect, we travelled through Longford, Cressy and then through to Cambell Town which was the 84km point of the ride. We stopped for about 15 minutes having a coffee and a sandwich, along the way we seen a few places we hadn’t seen Barton and Bicton the notable ones, literally in the middle of no where. We were abused by an old couple for taking up too much of the road, Rob soon sorted the out by explaining the Laws. We also seen a lot of road kill on the country roads and lots and lots of rubbish.
We headed south past Ross and onto Oatlands where we had another bite to eat and a top up of water. We were all feeling pretty good so we continued another 11km to the turn off to Richmond. The last 80km was pretty easy going as we were getting good assurance from the wind and also the downward slope heading to Richmond. We got there at about 245pm and then took off for Cambridge which was going to be finishing point.
The last 8km were very tough as we all just wanted to get there, I experienced a few mental demons along the last few kms. I was getting frustrated with how long it was taking and I just started yelling get me there and a few expletives.
We finally made it to Cambridge Park where we had a good feed and loaded up the gear and set off back to Launceston departing at around 345pm.
The experience was amazing and certainly very challenging. Would certainly recommend it to the fit people out there looking for something challenging to do.
The key is to maintain a healthy diet on the way down and drink plenty of water to keep the rig going.
Search for Robs Ride Aus on Twitter and on Google.
I will be spending about a week with him from March the 1st in the campervan to assist with his hydration and keeping the food ready for him as he will only stop for a few minutes at a time.
👏👏👏👏 to Hayden and Rob on a great day.
Check out some of the photos of me and the boys on some of our breaks.